Boston residents bring Wally’s jazz flavor to Florida gallery
Kenneth J. Cooper | 1/9/2013, 7:46 a.m.
Penn and Goldberg have a taste for avant-garde techniques. They are showing the “panctures,” a name trademarked by Francis Mesaros, who applied oil paint to three-dimensional thickness to represent the undulating shades of the ocean’s blues. Robert Ottesen has trademarked “kinetic pointillism,” short dashes of paint that form images.
Osceola32’s first show in early 2010 featured a Boston artist — Marian Christy, a former Boston Globe columnist. Penn said the gallery since then has been flooded with Florida artists and has yet to tap his and Goldberg’s home turf again. Penn encouraged Boston artists to submit digital images. Goldberg said that one goal is to establish a similar satellite gallery in Boston.
Penn and Goldberg hope Osceola32 — the name reflects the gallery’s address — resembles Wally’s in one more way, besides offering jazz and libations. Founded in 1947, Wally’s is among the oldest family owned and operated jazz clubs, the sole survivor of the jazz age along Massachusetts Avenue.
Despite the rough economy and Stuart’s depopulation during the hot summers, Osceola32 has so far proved more sustainable than some local competitors. At least five nearby galleries have closed during the economic downturn. Paintings from one of them, the Steinhausen Gallery, are included in the current exhibit.
“Stuart is like a little provincial town,” Goldberg said. “It’s a hard place for the arts. We’re like the last gallery standing.”